Prep football: Clovis West, Memorial suffer Saturday home defeats

The Fresno BeeSeptember 21, 2013 

Homefield edge wasn't so generous for Clovis West and Memorial in Saturday night high school football.

At Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium, Chris May returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Conor McMahan threw for a score and ran for another as Crespi-Encino bolted to a 28-0 first-half lead and coasted to a 40-14 nonleague win over Clovis West.

And, at Memorial, junior star running back Sheldon Croney scored in the final minute to lift Garces past the 18th-ranked Panthers 20-14.

Clovis West is 0-3 for the third straight season and 5-20 since going 12-1 and winning its ninth Central Section Division I title in 2010. And there's no relief in sight for the Golden Eagles, who face section powers Bullard, Edison and Clovis North over the next three weeks.

Crespi (2-2), a member of the state's elite Southern Section Pac-5 Division, was coming off 47-7 and 42-9 losses to Arizona and Nevada powers Salpointe Catholic and Bishop Gorman.

May pilfered Kordell Hoffman twice in the first 8 minutes and the Celts rolled again after defeating Clovis West 49-7 and 42-28 in the past two seasons.

Caleb Kelley made an outstanding 27-yard TD reception from Hoffman in the second quarter.

Croney, considered by some as the premier player in Kern County, raced 54 yards to set up his 5-yard TD run with 48 seconds remaining as the Rams (2-2) escaped against the Panthers (3-1) in the latest edition of the Holy Bowl.

With the scored tied, 14-14, Memorial's Brennan Martinez intercepted a Jake Pavletich pass in the end zone with 10:41 to go. But the Panthers had Blake Billingsley's 29-yard field goal blocked.

Billingsley also had a field goal blocked in the first quarter, but teammate Michael Germano scooped it and ran it in from 10 yards out for a touchdown and 7-0 lead.

Germano's 71-yard run tied it, 14-14, with 2:35 left in the third quarter.

Liberty-Madera Ranchos 41, Fowler 7

Junior Zach Richey completed 11 of 16 passes for 239 yards and four touchdowns as the Hawks (3-0) routed the Redcats (0-3) on Friday.

In addition to completing his TD passes to four receivers, Brandt rushed 17 times for 116 yards and a score as D-V top-ranked Liberty gathered momentum for a nonleague game next Friday at home against Corcoran. The Hawks defeated the Panthers 35-12 for last year's D-V championship.

Lindsay 40, Shafter 20

Jacob Hernandez carried 14 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 98 yards, including a game-opening 80-yard score as the Cardinals (3-0) dominated at home against the Generals (1-3).

Alex Jara completed 14 of 22 passes for 241 yards and two TDs for Lindsay, which is ranked No. 3 in D-V.

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